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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Nov 13, 2010 12:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: when did fm die

As far as content is concerned, it is remote-controlled digital streaming. Actually, it's a multiplex of numerous data streams and meta-data streams. Everything is automated. The automation is crawling down the Schedule File, just going down the list. It's a fucking robot.

Shortly before 2 a.m. on the morning of January 18, 2002, a 112-car train derailed just outside Minot, North Dakota. Minot is the state’s fourth largest city. Minot Air Force Base is there.

Two hundred forty thousand gallons of anhydrous ammonia leaked out of the train producing a vapor plume that floated over the town. Limited exposure burns the eyes, the skin, and the lungs. Larger doses can shut down the human respiratory system. The chemical leak in Minot, North Dakota ended up killing one person. Approximately 330 were treated for immediate health problems and more than 1,000 people needed medical care for recurring illnesses in the next month. But questions remain to this day over how the crisis was handled and the role played by media consolidation.

The radio giant Clear Channel owned all six commercial stations in Minot, North Dakota. None of them broke into regular programming to provide emergency information to the city’s residents. After the town’s Emergency Alert System failed, local officials tried to call the stations–but no one answered. The stations continued to play music piped in from out of state.

On that night over 7 years ago in Minot, North Dakota, callers flooded the emergency dispatch seeking information on the chemical spill. The operators urged panicked residents to tune into KCJB nine-ten AM. This Clear Channel-owned station was the town’s designated local emergency broadcaster. When residents of Minot, North Dakota tuned into KCJB — there was no emergency information about the chemical spill.

EXCLUSIVE... 911 Calls in North Dakota Town Reveal Dangers of Media Consolidation - WTF happened in Minot?

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Poster: shorthopper88 Date: Nov 15, 2010 6:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: when did fm die

This article touches on a lot of why radio sucks nowadays.
Its all owned by mammoth size companies that broadcast all over the nation. Its all only the top hits that get played.